2020 has once again tossed all of us into the Wayback Machine for a trip to the past because a new gay marriage story has come across the transom. As more and more results of down-ballot measures from the recent elections around the country are finalized, we’ve learned that the voters of Nevada have amended their state constitution to protect the marriages of gay people who have tied the knot in their state. Given how many marriages take place in Las Vegas every year (or at least the number they were used to before COVID came around), this was probably a big issue for them.
Now, the state that’s home to the “wedding capital of the world” is also the first in the country to officially protect same-sex marriage in its Constitution.
“It’s literally righting a wrong,” said Karen Vibe, a businesswoman who moved to Reno shortly before voters passed a ban on same-sex marriage in 2002.
That vote left her feeling betrayed by her new neighbors and she couldn’t marry her wife until courts ruled against the measure more than a decade later.
Watching people vote this election to repeal the defunct ban gave her a deeper sense of security in her home and family.
The measure passed with more than sixty percent support, which is quite a change when you consider that Nevada had a ban on gay marriage barely a decade ago. For those worried about the religious freedom aspect of this question, clergy members can not be forced to perform gay weddings if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. That probably won’t cause much of an impediment for anyone because I’m fairly sure that Elvis will perform a ceremony for anyone who asks.